Thursday, February 17, 2011

two books {and a giveaway}

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on two recently released sewing books.  I'll be giving one away at the end!

book review and giveaway!

Inspiration is good.  But I especially value those artists that push me farther - beyond inspired to challenged.  Malka Dubrawsky's newest book "Fresh Quilting:  Fearless Color, Design & Inspiration" is that kind of challenge.  Her work challenges me to embrace color more passionately, to get more gutsy with freemotion quilting and to allow myself to work with more freedom at times.  I simply can't put down this book.

from Fresh Quilting

Fresh Quilting includes projects both big and small.  For those new to quilting she included an extensive "essentials techniques" section (16 pages, lots of diagrams).  I learned a few new-to-me tricks, actually!    Malka explores a wide variety of shapes beyond the square and rectangle, like diamonds, hexagons and circles.  It's all quite delicious, but this saturated image is the one I keep coming back to again and again:

from Fresh Quilting

Solids or almost-solids.  Freehand straight(ish) quilting.  Simple rectangles.  But something about this quilt draws me in.  I just want to stare and stare at it, as if by looking I can somehow absorb the design sensibilities of the artist.  And, yet, I don't find myself planning to make this quilt...

from Fresh Quilting

The project in the book that I am most drawn to recreate is this "four points tote".  It's the diamond shape that grabs me and those amazing wooden handles complete win me over.  I haven't committed yet, since I so recently made my Garden Party Purse, but it may happen someday.

For whatever reason, Malka's book is not inspiring me to recreate.  Instead, it is challenging me to create myself.  To sew like I really want to, no holding back - especially on color.  I'm sure that Malka's work has fed my concept of the Bottled Rainbows Quilt-Along and helped give me the vision for my secrete magazine project too.

Malka is innovative.  That's the truth. This is not your average sewing book.  If you love color or modern shapes, I think you will really enjoy Fresh Quilting.

book review and giveaway!

The good folks at Interweave also sent me Yoshiko Jinzenji's new release "Quilting Line + Color."    The cover immediately caught my eye.  When I opened the book, the introduction began, "All the quilts featured in this book are inspired by the color white.  We offer you dozens of simple, fresh quilt design, each one inviting you to open your imagination and add your own vision to the open spaces created by the whites."  And, to be honest, I knew right then and there that this was not the book for me.  I'm too much of a color junkie.

from Quilting Line + Color

Many (not all) of the designs are quite abstract, hence the subtitle "Tecniques and Designs for Abstract Quilts."   Jinzenji is a well-known Japanese artist whose work is featured in the likes of the Museum of Modern Art and Design and the Victoria and Albert Museum.  So, certainly, if you appreciate modern art this book will truly inspire you.  I absolutely enjoyed perusing it, but I know for a fact that someone else will love and use it more than I ever could. 

from Quilting Line + Color

This honeycomb quilt was my favorite project.  The uneven edge and variations on honeycomb size are so playful. 

from Quilting Line + Color

I was also drawn to this charming tulle bag.  Nope, the picture's not fuzzy!  The colored balls are sewn onto the ends of its drawstrings.  Her use of layers and textures is very unique, don't you think?

Quilting Line + Color is a substantial book (192 pages) with very thorough, illustrated directions for making each project.  The directions portion of this book is so clear and well-done, which is unusual (in my experience) amongst Japanese style books. Paper patterns included.

If you would like to give Quilting Line + Color a happy home, please add your comment here to enter the giveaway.  US entries only please (it's a heavy book)! The random number generator just may choose your number when I make the draw on Sunday morning, February 27th.

Good luck!

120 comments:

  1. okay...maybe the random generator will pick #1. I've been interested in seeing both of those books in person. Thanks for your review on them...it makes it more clear for me which is the right one for me. :) I'm a color gal myself. But I'm still interested in the ideas the japanese book has to offer.

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  2. i would love love love to win that book... i've been eyeballing it lately!!
    xo
    thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. that looks like a great book! thanks for the giveaway. knottygnome@gmail.com

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  4. Books are second only to fabric! Thanks for the giveaway.

    I am curious, the honeycomb quilt done the traditional piecing way or something new?

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  5. An interesting book that gives a different view, of course I'd love to win it.

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  6. I would LOVE to win that book! I'm not a die hard color junkie and it looks like that book has a lot of fun with negative space. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jennifer :)

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  7. I would absolutely love to win that book! I love color but I also love the simplicity of white!

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  8. It looks really interesting. I love love love modern art and I think what isnt there is almost as important as what is. This book sounds really intriguing.

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  9. That book looks like fun, especially those hexagons!

    iammaryburke@gmail.com
    Mary

    http://www.ourhoppyplace.com

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  10. I would love to expand my craft book inspiration and one of these days I would love to venture into the quilt world.

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  11. I would love to give either book a home.

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  12. I've been so curious about this book, so thanks for the chance to win. Totally agree with your assessment of Malka's book. I love it too.

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  13. I too am a color junkie, but I need all the help I can get when it comes to quilting -- maybe this book will give me the answer and shove I have been looking for.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  14. Good luck, everyone, and thanks for the previews! :)

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  15. Thanks for reviewing Quilting Line + Color, I was thinking about getting this one and have it on my wish list :)

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  16. Goodness, what a wonderful way to get inspired! Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely book.

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  17. I would love to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  18. I love white, and I'm looking forward to trying some more abstract things. Looks like it might be a good book for me!

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  19. I woud love a chance to win the book , I use lots of white & am drawn to the spare look .
    Having said that I also love Malka's work !!!

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  20. Looks great! I would love to win :)

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  21. I would LOVE the Yoshiko Jinzenji book! Thanks for the chance!

    Angelina

    figure8angel[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  22. Every photo I've seen from Quilting Line + Color has inspired me! I'd love to win a copy!!

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  23. i hope i win. i have wanted that book for a while now!

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  24. I would enjoy this book. Like you, I am attracted to color but sometimes I crave the quietude of white on white. In college design classes I was started with grayscale projects and today I find that stripping away the color and all embellishment allows me to fine tune the design elements of my work and that makes my colors pop when they are added back into the design.

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  25. both those books look fantastic, thanks for your reviews! here's hoping i win one! :-)

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  26. Thanks so much for sharing -- both your opinions and the books! I've been intrested in Malka Dubrawsky's book for a while but haven't gotten the chance to take a look inside. Thanks for the chance!

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  27. Oh, I have been eyeing that book. I love japanese quilting books!

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  28. I have both of these in my bn.com wishlist! I just love that Four Points Tote.

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  29. both of these books look great! thanks for the chance to win one!

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  30. I have been waiting for that book.
    If I win one I can buy a different book, too!

    thanks for the giveaway

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  31. Both books look very interesting. I would love to give Quilting Line + Color a loving home.

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  32. This one is on my wishlist, I'd love to look through it!

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  33. Quilting Line + Color looks like a great book. I would love to give it a home. My last book purchase was Fresh Quilting. I really love it too!

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  34. oh i love the white! would love some of this beautiful inspiration on my nightstand.

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  35. Okay, so I don't win these things but I just have to say that this book looks really interesting. I'd be so happy if it came to me!

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  36. I'm Canadian, but would love this for my SIL in California! Those super modern styles would fit her tastes perfectly.

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  37. I have Yoshiko's book and I LOVE it. If by chance my comment happens to be "the one" I will pass it on. Good luck everybody. Carolina

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  38. This book is currently on my wishlist! I just purchased a ton of white fabrics from the thrift shop and this would probably help me tremendously!
    Thank you for your generosity!
    hugs, margie

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  39. Hi, Just found you via House on Hill Road. I'd love to enter if I'm allowed - I live in England but have plenty of American family who would be more than happy to 'keep the book safe' until they could bring it over to me (my sister would be especially happy to 'look after' one of these books! :-)

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  40. I am really intrigued by the idea of all the white in the quilts, would love to win and check it out.

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  41. this was so interesting to me. I'm a book junkie so I preordered both from amazon.com. I love Malka's book, more as a stepping off (or in my case, jumping off) point for creativity. It was well worth the money spent.

    That being said, I wish I would have looked through the other book, rather than pre-ordered it sight unseen, because it is just not the book for me either. I like the cover quilt and hexagons but not enough to spend the money. But I already did. so maybe I'll hold a giveaway on my blog as well, after yours is done. So heads up to all you people who are leaving comments here. :)

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  42. Just found your blog, and am inspired! Maybe a fun new book will be the motivation I need to actually follow through on the inspiration! Either way, love your blog!

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  43. I'm always looking for more books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Awesome! I would love to win a new sewing book! I enjoyed your review of Malka's book, too, I think I just might need to add that one to my Amazon wishlist. :-)

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  45. I have really enjoyed "Fresh Quilting" too. Would love the chance to take a peek at "Line & Color". Thanks for the chance!

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  46. I would love the opportunity to peek at and use this book.
    Thanks

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  47. That book has been in my amazon shopping cart waiting for a few reviews! Thanks for being so thorough about it! I would LOVE to use it!

    Thanks!

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  48. Looks beautiful! Thanks for the review and chance to win!

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  49. The book looks awesome. Thank you

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  50. I would love to give the book a "good home". Promise it would be well read and appreciated. I really like abstract/line art type work, so this is definitely a good book for me. It's on my wish list.

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  51. I love color, but completely appreciate the simplicity of all white. I'd be more than happy to take this off your hands :-).

    Thanks for the absolutely beautiful descriptions and insights on both books!

    Michelle

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  52. thanks for two great reviews. i really love that honeycomb quilt and would be happy to give this book a good home...thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. I would so much like to be picked please. I am happy to pay postage for these gorgeous books. Thanks

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  54. This book has been on my wish list for awhile! I would love to win!

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  55. Yay! I love getting more quilt inspiration!

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  56. Thanks for the great reviews with pictures. I'd love a chance to win.

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  57. I've been wanting a closer look at Malka's new book and too have been admiring her use of colour and shape- she is amazing! Keep on inspiring us~~~ thanks heaps! Julia

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  58. Love the looks of that book (that you do not.) :)

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  59. I love learning from a fresh and new perspective, especially a culture different from my own. What an intriguing book, I'd be honored to own one.

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  60. It looks like an interesting book - and I'm always interested in stuff outside my comfort zone - you never know what will inspire! So throw my name in the hat!!

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  61. Oh what a tease. I love it. If I don't win {hoping} I'll put it on my birthday list.

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  62. I'm always looking for a new challenge!
    beckymac1 at hotmail dot com

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  63. Thanks for the reviews! I'd love to look through that book o' white quilts.

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  64. I like white in quilts, and I have used it a lot. But how to do an interesting quilt with A LOT of white, well that's another thing altogether.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  65. Thanks for offering a give away! Both of these books just made it to my wish list!

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  66. What great inspiration! Would love to win!

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  67. It looks like a great and inspiring book and I have yet to own a quilt book, so count me in!

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  68. Ooooh, yes please, I'd LOVE to win a copy of that book! I will never, ever make a white quilt, but would love to be inspired by such inventive designs and to run with them in a new, more colorful direction.

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  69. I love love love the bright colors and I have a quilt to make for my daughter. This may be the book for me.

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  70. OOO!! I love the white and the quilt designs! However, you could totally make all those quilts using a different color of your choice. I think I would try to use one the designs for a yellow quilt.

    danielle (dot) n(dot) noble (@) gmail . com

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  71. Thanks for the giveaway! i've been so used to sewing straight lines that it be nice to find a project with circles or hexagons. be nice to try big circles for a large couch blanket.

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  72. Both of those books look so inspiring! I love white and abstract designs, so that book would be perfect!

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  73. I would so so so so love to win that book!

    I live in Italy but in the remote chance that I win, I could give you a US military PO Box address to use.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  74. thank you for asking...i WOULD love this book!

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  75. Thank you for the giveaway! Good luck everyone!

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  76. I am new to the quilting world and would love any inspiration and help I can get! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  77. I am a fan of both of these quilt artists, I love colour and I love minimalism- call me confused. Love your quilt-a-long idea too!

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  78. I love color but I also love the simplicity of white!
    The Honeycomb quilt is a must do.

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  79. Wow the cover I am currently making for my new sewing machine isn't looking so hot anymore.. I think I NEED to win the books!! LOL.

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  81. What a fantastic book! I love the Japanese craft aesthetic. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  82. What a fabulous giveaway! Love all the eye candy. Thanks!

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  83. I love the simplicity of the photos in the Quilting Line and Color book - very etheral, especially with the light colors of the projects.

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  85. Both books look fabulous! I am new to your blog and have really been enjoying it : D

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  86. I hadn't seen that book before. Looks fascinating!

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  87. Both books look great! I'd love a chance to win! Thanks!

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  88. I did get a change to briefly flip through Quilting Lien and Color, but I'd love to permanently add it to my sewing library. It's beautiful!

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  89. What wonderful, fresh looking quilts!! Each one is just fabulous. The inspiration you must get from that book must make you want to create one of each.

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  90. I've really been craving some new books. Great reviews! Always helpful to hear someone elses thoughts on books.

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  91. Thanks for your reviews. They both look like great books to check out.
    Thanks also for the giveaway!

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  92. I'm especially drawn to the second book, Quilting Line and Color. Very simple, understated projects. Tho, I do love the other one too ~ I almost bought it last night and my LBS. There are some really great projects in there!
    thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to make a home for either book!

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  93. Although I also love the use of bright color, there's something about using mostly white that truly makes the colors more beautiful. I must admit, it would be quite the challenge for me to start a project based on white! Maybe that's what I should try. Thank you for that.

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  94. Fabulous giveaway, books are a weakness of mine!

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  95. Those are 2 books I would love to add to my quilt book library! Great giveaway. Thank you.

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  96. Always looking for new challenges & inspiration! I love that honeycomb quilt- very neat. :-)

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  97. I really love Fresh Quilting! Malka's work is so seriously inspiring. I love how fearless she is about color!

    I have been lusting after the second book for months waiting for it to come out! It looks fantastic! :) Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  98. Thanks for the book review and giveaway. I really enjoy your blog and told someone I met at a meeting this morning about it.

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  99. pick me, pick me random number generator! thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

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  100. I'm intrigued by this book-I'd enjoy it, I know. I don't use much white but I'm drawn to the contrasts I see in the photos and also drawn to the lines. Great inspiration! Thanks very much.

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  101. I'm a student so all my money has to go on textbooks not fun quilty books like this. Thank you for the chance to win one x

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  102. I am so hoping that I am randomly picked,

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  103. Both of those books look amazing! I love the more creative styles of quilting and embroidery out there, so these books look like great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  104. I've never owned a quilting book and have recently thought about doing it. A good way to use my fabric!

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  105. Wonderful books for inspiration. I have been collecting brights and art fabrics to experiment with.

    Debbie

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  106. Oooh! What a great giveaway! I love books like this. So inspiring!

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  107. I would love to win! AmySudimack(at)gmail(dot)com

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  108. I have the first book ( and I also love it!) I would love to see the 2nd!

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  109. What a great idea to compare and contrast the two books, since they're so different. I've had both on my wish list for ages, but, while I LOVE Malka's work, I am far more of a minimalist in my day-to-day life. The things that make Quilting Line + Color the wrong book for you are all the things that make it perfect for me!

    Thanks so much for two great reviews. :)

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  110. Lovely books and lots of inspiration!

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  111. Uh oh, Rachel, this one's been on my radar! My mom purchased the other one and I've essentially stolen it from her. :)

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  112. I've been pining for both of these books so maybe you'll pick me!!

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  113. Actually, I have a fear of using too much white and there are several modern quilts that are "pulling" me to make which have lots of white. This book sounds like it is what I need to be able to use white effectively. Thanks for the giveaway. Malka's book sounds really good too.

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  114. Would love to give Quilting Line a home here in Oregon--both books have been sitting in my Amazon wishlist calling my name!

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  115. Wonderful giveaway, thank you. Would love either book

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